But Ofqual announced today that a final decision regarding extending the grounds for appeal will be taken later this spring once analysis of the study has been completed.
Peter Hamilton , chair of HMC’s academic policy committee and headmaster of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, said: “HMC has called for greater transparency in exam marking and welcomes these changes.
Once prompted, the majority of students were able to demonstrate a proof as to why their difference between the products was always the same.
They also seemed to value the proof far more than if they were ask to prove it from the outset.
"We are particularly pleased to see students will eventually receive copies of their marked papers and exam boards will need to explain their marking in the case of challenged grades.
“However, the exam marking system is still not equally fair to each candidate and remains fundamentally flawed.)Here is the link to the on-line version A set of different sized grids can be downloaded here.Individual pupils will be able to request the mark of their GCSE and A level coursework from summer next year, Ofqual has announced. With number stairs you have to 'investigate the relationship between the stair total and the position of the stair shape on the grid'.You can change the grid size and the step size - in fact to get good marks it's good to change all (but not at the same time!In my experience, one the aspects of problem solving that students struggle with the most is in their understanding of how useful it can be to generalise the variables within a situation, and when this is an appropriate approach to take.From this experience, and also in some of the lack of resilience we often come across in students, it became obvious that this is something that really needs to be developed in our students, not simply because it will allow them to breeze the proof questions on the GCSE paper.This was a move welcomed by the examination boards, who acknowledged the level of dishonesty that was developing in the system, thanks largely to the proliferation of internet access to students; this provided less scrupulous students with easy access to solutions and pre-written assignments, and arguably devalued the GCSE Mathematics qualification.However, the tasks have never completely disappeared, and can easily be found within the recommended resources from each of the exam boards.But these changes could encourage pupils to request for assessments to be reviewed as the exams boards and schools will be required to allow the process to occur.Last year, Ofqual began to make changes to their enquiries and appeals system.